I have several bikes and always wanted a Sport Tourer, almost honed in on a VFR1200FD but when the road gets rough a bike with decent ground clearance is key. No point in buying a VFR1200FD plus also another 800CC adventure bike like say a Tiger 800XC or F800GS. I would rather have an all in one bike. The main reason i was going for the VFR in the first place is due to the DCT, i want a relaxed ride without worrying about changing gears all the time. I looked at the new Aprilia Caponord 1200 for its excellent fully active suspension, rode a friends bike but didnt like the way the engine felt, something was missing and its basically a Sport Tourer with long legs.
Key strengths for the Crosstourer (my take):
Semi Off-roadish ability and Sport tourer combination
285kg wet Vs the 238 of the GS
I am 5' 10.5 inches to be precise and with riding shoes on i could manage another half to an inch i guess. (I am a well built guy so no problem with handling the bike.) But not sure if its good enough to balance the bike with its 850mm seat ht.
Both the 2013 GS and the Crosstourer make the same power and torque at similar revs! With a weight advantage of 47 kilos the rationale points towards the GS or say the KTM 1190 which is more powerful and if i can install quicks shifters to either of these bikes to bridge the comfort gap as both these bikes have decent electronic suspension adjustments to make up for not having DCT.
In fact i didnt even consider the Crosstourer until two days ago and was working on a New Old Stock VFR1200FD that could come for a steal but then it occurred that there is the Crossrunner which has pretty much what im looking for i.e. DCT and semi off-road capability. Please advise. Decision making is always a tough bitch